that instantaneous photography and the aeroplane have come, it is possible to secure views of Medford, necessarily up to date, but to answer the query How did the old town look?
we must consult such as we have herein named and such others as may from time to time be found.
We ought not to close this review, covering nearly a century of time, without mentioning the excellent work of the Medford Publishing Company in Medford Past and Present (1905), illustrations to be found in years since 1884 in the Mercury, in the Leader, the various other (some short-lived) papers, the 275th Anniversary Proceedings and the Historical Society's collection.
Lastly (and modestly, we trust), we refer to the illustrations in the Register during its twenty-five years of publication.
It was fortunate that a Medford boy, who told us of old Ship street, had the gift and ability to also present the view of it, reproduced in Vol.
IV, No. 4.
Those who saw him build the ship at the Society's November m
method did not protect the outer pages.
It would appear that even they had lost some years' numbers, as some bear the name of Charles Cummings, the old high school master.
In later years they were rolled up and consigned to the dark loft under the roof, to be consulted only by the rats.
At removal from the old quarters down Main street, such as remained in the loft were transported to the Historical rooms, where the librarian carefully arranged them, but found two volumes (for the years 1884 and 1885) missing.
Later (a labor of love) they were wire-stitched and bound in heavy covers of builders felt and kept flat in a filing case in the library.
Since that time we had occasion to seek information contained in those that are missing.
Our only resort was the public library.
Some bundles were brought us and with the utmost care we examined them till we found in the issue of March 28, 1884, the object of our search—the first illustration (other than advertising cuts) used in a M